Our Teen Network

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Risky teen-dating site with unmoderated chat, iffy links.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The site is pretty superficial. There's a "hot or not" feature for rating users' attractiveness.

Violence

Some fighting/shooting games.

Sex

One of the user photos on the home page is very suggestive. Others are a bit provocative, although there's no nudity.

Language

"F--k" and "s--t" are blocked from profiles; "bitch" and "ass" are allowed. There's no language filter on the chat.

Consumerism

There are lots of ads and links to chat sites, most of which are geared toward adults.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the virtual world's locations is a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this teen dating and social networking site offers too many opportunities for unmoderated interaction, including video chat and several (nearly empty) chat rooms. Profiles are visible to anyone who visits the site unless users change their settings to hide them. There are lots of links to chat and dating sites that are geared toward adults.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJayjasons December 21, 2019

Older adults lurk the site

Older adult lurk the site. They find young boys and girls usernames and send them dirty pics, perverted messages and so on. Some kids are on there, lots of pres... Continue reading
Adult Written byShathan1997 July 28, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byKatie Beats March 15, 2019

Awesome site!

I started visiting this site when I was thirteen. I have a boyfriend now who encourages me. He helps me be a better person. I have gone a whole year now without... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bydrugaddict December 25, 2018

pedophiles

I went on there and posted my social media. Next day on my school bus I looked on it and found some 21 year old was messaging me. I saved it until I got home la... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Our Teen Network bills itself as a safe social networking and dating hub for teens. With its primitive design and lack of innovative features, it's no match for sophisticated social sites like Facebook, and safety isn't the first word that comes to mind. Although the site makes an effort to keep strong language and identifying information off users' profiles, its chat rooms are unmoderated. Odd, useless features like "calculate chemistry" and "today's biorhythm" -- plus an obnoxious "hot or not" poll -- add nothing to the site. Technical glitches made the "3D City" virtual world impossible to explore, and the site's sign-up options are a bit puzzling -- the "I am a" choices are guy, girl, gay, and lesbian, as if those categories were mutually exclusive.

Online interaction: Registered users can interact with each other in a variety of ways, including video chat and a virtual world. Chats aren't monitored or moderated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety with social networking sites. What information should you include in your profile, and what should you leave out (besides identifying information)? This site is supposed to be for teens only, but how can you be sure that people aren't misrepresenting themselves?

  • Families can talk about how flirting online can sometimes backfire. This site lets users send a "wink" to people they think are cute. What should you do if someone is showing you unwanted attention online?

Website details

For kids who love socializing

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